Is there anyone who has never fallen victim of conmanship in “The Green City Under The Sun”? Nairobi– commonly known as shamba la mawe, has become synonymous with witty fraudsters. Someone may easily think that English naturalist Charles Darwin had Nairobi in mind when he devised the Darwinian evolutionary theory– survival for the fittest.
Kenyan artiste Major Nameye Khadija popularly known as Mejja has revealed how he was once a victim of such fraudsters.
In an exclusive interview with TV47’s All Access show, Mejja narrated how him and music producer Clement Rapudo Sijenyi popularly known as Clemo were fooled into buying fake gold for KSh3,000.
“I was standing outside the house I used to live with Clemo chatting with the security guard when two Maasais, who were dressed in traditional Maasai wear, approached me. They claimed that the previous day as they were taking their livestock to graze in the surrounding vegetation, they came across some white people who had set camp in the area but when morning came they were long gone. They also said that as they were scouting for something that the people had left behind they found an object that they did not understand. When I looked at the object it was a test tube written Alluvial Gold South African Company. I then thought to myself that this people are clueless since they had gold on them and didn’t know.”
“The Maasai people then told me that I should just give them KSh3,000 since they had left their cows and goats unattended. I rushed back to the house and told Clemo that there were people selling us gold so he helped me raise the money to pay for it. When I went to give the money to the Maasai people they handed me another test tube saying that I can have them all since they don’t really know what that is. One of our friends found us looking at the goal and he told us that we have been fooled. We quickly dismissed him saying that he doesn’t want to see us prosper.” he continued.
“We started researching on the company since our friend had put some doubt in us… the result cam out empty meaning that the company does not exist. We went ahead and broke the test tubes to examine its content. To our shock, the content that we just purchased as gold was filled padlock residue with a piece of metal stuck between it to give it the weight.”
As he concluded, the Genge artiste said that he was thankful that the conmen did not use any weapons like a knife to con them, instead, “they just used their intelligence to fool me and Clemo into spending KSh3,000 on a padlock and a piece of metal disguised as gold.”